Family Stories



Tip: Family Stories

How do I do it?
Family stories are always a good writing topic for language learners.  What happens in a student’s family will be relevant to their lives.   Direct students to think of a happy time with their family, a small moment in time.  Read students Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. Have them brainstorm all of the details and memories about that time.  Draft, revise and edit their stories through the writing process.  Choose a particular style for illustrating the story (the big book example above is crayon resist - color in crayon, then lightly wash with watercolor).  Bind and share.

Variations & Extensions
Students often write about a vacation given this can be a happy time for students.  Encourage them to think of simple events such as a funny joke told at dinner; playing in the sprinklers; driving with a favorite grandfather and singing on the way etc.  Students can write in their home language as well.  Create a word wall for family small moment vocabulary that students can utilize as a reference in their writing.

Common Core ELA Writing Standard 3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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